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Art teacher education is a program that prepares individuals to teach art and art appreciation programs at various educational levels.
Current award levels
Hover over the bars below to see how many people across the country completed a degree in art teacher education at each level last year.
05001K2K2K0-1 Year Certificate1-2 Year CertificateAssociate's DegreeBachelor's DegreePostbaccalaureate CertMaster's DegreePost-master's CertResearch Doctorate
People with this bachelor's degree have gone to work in these careers
Elementary and middle school t...Secondary school teachersPostsecondary teachersEducation administratorsTeachers and instructors (spec...Musicians, singers, and relate...Managers (specialized areas)ClergySecretaries and administrative...First-line supervisors of reta...Counselors
Art and Music Education majors work in these careers, which are sized by percentage of majors in the career (at least 1%) and colored by the predominant level of education.
Some College
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree
Doctorate
Race/origin of recent graduates
Here is an overview of race/origin for all art teacher education graduates from this last academic year. We found a lower percentage of international graduates than in 48% of other programs.
Race/Origin
White
Black
Pacific Islander
Hispanic
Asian
American Indian
Multiracial
Not Reported
International
Context: Percentage of Minority Graduates
Minority students comprise a lower percentage of graduates than in 84% of other programs.
Gender
Of all people with any degree in art teacher education earned in the last academic year, 86% were women.
Gender
Men
Women
Context: Percentage women
This is a higher percentage of women than 87% of other programs.
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Salary
The Census Bureau provides salary data for people with bachelor's degrees in art and music education, which includes art teacher education and one other program.
Context: Median Salary
People with a degree in art and music education have a median salary of $52,552.
Context: Benefit of a master's
About 46% of these bachelor's graduates also have a graduate degree, perhaps in a different field. Salaries improved by approximately 37% over those holding only the bachelor's degree for those with subsequent graduate degrees.
Employment
As with our salary data, this data applies to all who earned a bachelor's degree in art and music education, which consists of 2 programs.
Context: Unemployment Rate
With an unemployment rate of 1.7%, this degree's majors who are in the workforce are more likely to be employed than the bachelor's graduates of 76% of other fields.
Context: Self Employed Workers
About 6% of workers who earned a bachelor's in art and music education are self-employed.
Top careers
Following are the most frequent jobs held by people who earned a bachelor's degree in Art and Music Education (which combines 2 programs), perhaps followed by additional education in any field. There is a fun exploration of related degrees and careers under Explore Careers below.
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Staring Salaries and College Debt by Award
How are students who recently completed a degree in Art Teacher Education doing?

New data from College Scorecard gives us a glimpse into the earnings and debt for recent graduates in their first year or two after leaving school. Shown is the distribution of the medians reported for all schools with graduates in the given program/award level.

Starting salaries by award level
$35K$47K$0$20K$40K$60KMaster's DegreeBachelor's Degree
Median cumulative federal loan amount
$25K$26K$0$10K$20K$30K$40K$50KMaster's DegreeBachelor's Degree
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Salary and Employment for Majors
Understanding this data
This section's data applies to people with a bachelor's degree in art teacher education
Employment overview
Percentage of art and music education bachelor's graduates who are working

Does getting a bachelor's degree in art and music education lead to a secure job? The donut chart shows the percentage art and music education majors who are working along with a broad view of where they work. We note:

  • Self-employed workers include those working in a family-owned business.
  • Government workers can be in local, state or federal governments.

Technically, about 20.2% of art and music education graduates are currently not working. However, only 1.7% are classified as "unemployed," while 18.4% are "not in the workforce." Unfortunately, we have no way of knowing whether people are out of the workforce for personal reasons or because they have been unable to find work for an extended period.

80%
Percentage working by type of employer
Government
Federal government
State government
Local government
Self-employed
Self Emp. Incoporated
Self Emp. Not Incorp.
Private not-for-profit
Private for-profit
total
Context: Unemployment rates

This chart lets you see whether art and music education majors have better unemployment rates than bachelor's graduates from other fields. In the shaded box plot, the percentage of unemployed with this degree is shown in blue, along with the distribution of the percentage of unemployed graduates for each bachelor's degree field.

1.7%0.0%1.0%2.0%3.0%4.0%5.0%
Salary overview
Typical salaries for art and music education majors

How does the median (middle) salary for art and music education majors compare to the median salaries for other majors? The chart below compares the median salaries for all bachelor's graduates by major. Here and everywhere that we discuss salary, we limit the population to those with bachelor's degrees who report working at least 35 hours a week and are aged 65 and younger.

Context: median salaries
$52,552$0$20,000$40,000$60,000$80,000$100,000
Distribution: Salaries by Employer

Above we compared the median salaries earned across college majors. Now we'll view the full salary range for art and music education majors. The charts below show the full distribution of salaries for this degree alone, with a look at how the type of employer might affect that salary. This salary includes all people who may also have received graduate education in this or any field. You can tease out the importance of graduate education in the last tab in the section.

$56K$48K$55K$32K$51K$47K$61K$53K$0$50K$100K$150K$200K$250KLocal government (32.1% )Private for-profit (26.9% )State government (16.6% )Self Emp. Not Incorp. (3.8% )Private not-for-profit (16.5% )Self Emp. Incoporated (2.3% )Federal government (1.8% )Overall (100%)

Note that we do not include salary data when the survey standard error is higher than 20% of the salary. Therefore, some categories may be missing or may only provide partial salary ranges. To provide salary breakdowns, we have aggregated ACS person-level career survey responses by career, gender, race, age, and other factors. These graphics reflect the results of our aggregations, and are useful for identifying trends. A careful statistical study of the impact of these characteristics on salaries would correct for other factors that could be contributing to salary differences.

The battle of the sexes
Gender and success for art and music education majors

The donut chart shows the gender balance for all people with a bachelor's degree in art and music education. In the graphs that follow, we'll explore how these percentages compare to other bachelor's holders, and we'll also investigate the impact of gender on pay.

Gender
Men (40%)
Women (60%)
Context: Gender representation

How does the gender balance change according to college major? In the chart below, we see that art and music education has more women than most other degrees.

60%40%0%20%40%60%80%100%WomenMen
Distribution: salaries by gender

The chart below shows the distribution of salaries by gender of art and music education majors who are working 35 or more hours and are 65 or younger. If salaries are balanced for men and women, the blue and pink bars will be about the same. Many programs' graduates struggle with men's wages higher at all points of the salary distribution, including significantly higher top salaries.

$50K$57K$0$50K$100K$150K$200K$250KWomenMen
Context: Salary inequity

For art and music education graduates, men generally earn 13% more than women. This is better than many: 90% of programs have graduates with higher salary inequities.

13%13%0%20%40%60%80%100%
Age and Advancement
Insights from the ages of art and music education bachelor's-holders

The ages of people in the US with a bachelor's degree in art and music education can give us a hint about whether this degree is in-fashion or out-of-fashion. A higher percentage of older people with a degree suggests that newer degree options have edged out this degree for recent graduates. Likewise, a higher percentage of younger people with a degree may suggest that this degree has become more popular in recent years.

Careeer Advancement

What entry-level pay should you expect in your first job, and is the mid-level pay significantly higher? Below we see salary distributions by age group for art and music education graduates who are working 35 or more hours weekly. Is there room for advancement in careers that stem from this degree?

$61K$59K$62K$41K$47K$63K$58K$55K$31K$0$20K$40K$60K$80K$100K$120KSalaries by age20-2425-2930-3435-3940-4445-4950-5455-5960-64
010K20K30K40KNumber with major20-2425-2930-3435-3940-4445-4950-5455-5960-64

Note that we do not include salary data when the survey standard error is higher than 20% of the salary. Therefore, some categories may be missing or may only provide partial salary ranges. To provide salary breakdowns, we have aggregated ACS person-level career survey responses by career, gender, race, age, and other factors. These graphics reflect the results of our aggregations, and are useful for identifying trends. A careful statistical study of the impact of these characteristics on salaries would correct for other factors that could be contributing to salary differences.

Need for higher degrees
Is a bachelor's degree all you need?

Can art and music education majors earn a high salary without obtaining a graduate degree? Below, we dive into the prevalence of graduate degrees for art and music education majors, and we explore how much a graduate degree can be expected to increase salaries. Among all art teacher education completions reported last year, 99% were at the bachelor's level or higher, including 41% at the graduate level.

Most recent completions in art teacher education
0-1 Year Certificate
1-2 Year Certificate
2-4 Year Certificate
Associate's Degree
Bachelor's Degree
Postbaccalaureate Cert
Master's Degree
Post-master's Cert
Professional Deg/Doct
Research Doctorate
Other Doctorate
Context: Graduate degrees in any field by undergraduate ACS degree

The donut shows the degree levels awarded in art teacher education today. Now we'll use American Community Survey (ACS) data and look at all workers in the US who majored in art and music education when in college.

We know that about 46% art and music education majors chose to also earn a graduate degree (but we do not know the graduate field of study). The percentage of art and music education majors who also earned a graduate degree is higher than about 60% of other fields.

46%0%20%40%60%80%100%
Distribution: art and music education majors' salaries by education level

We saw above that 46% earned a graduate degree after earning a bachelor's in art and music education, but was this necessary for earning a good salary? We can see this answer in two ways. First, we can see the salary distribution for people with a bachelor's in art and music education by their highest education attained. Remember, we only know the field for the bachelor's degree; the graduate degree can be in any field.

$61K$45K$65K$75K$0$50K$100K$150KBachelor's DegreeMaster's DegreeResearch DoctorateProfessional Deg/Doct

Note that we do not include salary data when the survey standard error is higher than 20% of the salary. Therefore, some categories may be missing or may only provide partial salary ranges. To provide salary breakdowns, we have aggregated ACS person-level career survey responses by career, gender, race, age, and other factors. These graphics reflect the results of our aggregations, and are useful for identifying trends. A careful statistical study of the impact of these characteristics on salaries would correct for other factors that could be contributing to salary differences.

Context: Percentage boost obtained with a graduate degree

The second way that we can explore the impact of higher education on salary is to compare median salaries for workers with each level of education. We measure the percentage increase over the bachelor's salary that each higher degree achieved, and contrast that with similar measurements for other fields.

Sure, we think a higher degree would almost always help salary, but are there some majors that "need" a higher degree (in either the same or a new field) more than others in order to reach their earnings potential?

37%66%44%0%50%100%150%Bachelor's to Master'sBachelor's to Research DoctorateBachelor's to Professional Doctorate
Explore Careers
Careers for art and music education majors
Careers for art and music education majors

As we explained at the start of the previous section "Salary and Employment for Majors", the career data in all of these tabs is supported by the American Community Survey (ACS), which provides career information based on the broad degree art and music education. For of the career statistics we report here, we consider all bachelor-holders in art teacher education and 1 other program to fall under the ACS data we aggregated for the art and music education degree.

Here we look at ACS survey respondents across the US with a bachelor's degree in art and music education, and we see their top careers. You can explore the salary distributions for all people in those careers, as well as the typical education help by workers in that job. If you see ** before the job name, that tells you that the Department of Education recommends this job for people with a degree in art teacher education. We did not find always find a strong correlation between that advice and where people were working.

Career
Select any column header to sort by that column, and select any row to explore that career.
Salary
Salary distribution 0-$200,000.
Median
Middle 50%
Middle 80%
Education
High School
Some College
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree
Doctorate
Percentage with degree who are in job
**Elementary and middle school teachers
$0$200K$52K
33.9%
**Secondary school teachers
$0$200K$54K
16.5%
**Postsecondary teachers
$0$200K$63K
3.6%
Education administrators
$0$200K$70K
2.7%
Teachers and instructors (specialized areas)
$0$200K$44K
2.4%
Musicians, singers, and related workers
$0$200K$41K
1.7%
Managers (specialized areas)
$0$200K$73K
1.7%
Clergy
$0$200K$47K
1.5%
Secretaries and administrative assistants
$0$200K$37K
1.4%
First-line supervisors of retail sales workers
$0$200K$40K
1.2%
Counselors
$0$200K$45K
1.1%
Retail salespersons
$0$200K$31K
1.0%
Accountants and auditors
$0$200K$61K
1.0%
Customer service representatives
$0$200K$32K
0.8%
Teacher assistants
$0$200K$21K
0.7%
Preschool and kindergarten teachers
$0$200K$25K
0.7%
Special Education Teachers
$0$200K$50K
0.6%
Chief executives and legislators
$0$200K$96K
0.6%
Designers
$0$200K$52K
0.6%
Childcare workers
$0$200K$20K
0.6%
Other routes to the top ten careers
Other majors that are hired by the top ten art and music education careers

Take a minute with this sankey diagram, and use your mouse/touch to explore. You can follow the top ten jobs held by art and music education graduates, and then, in turn, you can see the largest 10 degrees hired by each of those careers. We hope this gives you a glimpse at where you can most realistically hope to get a job with this degree, but also see alternatives for the same employment options. It's worth noting that for many degrees, the top ten jobs don't account for even half of the graduates. The data warns us / encourages us that a degree is only one piece of the puzzle that determines where we land.

Elementary EducationGeneral EducationSpecial Needs EducationEnglish Language and LiteraturePsychologyEarly Childhood EducationArt and Music EducationLanguage and Drama EducationHistoryLiberal ArtsSecondary Teacher EducationMathematicsPhysical and Health Education TeachingBiologyNursingChemistryPhysicsPolitical Science and GovernmentBusiness Management and AdministrationGeneral BusinessCommunicationsMusicFine ArtsTheology and Religious VocationsPhilosophy and Religious StudiesAccountingElectrical EngineeringMechanical EngineeringEconomicsMarketingFinanceSociologyElementary and middleschool teachersSecondary school teachersPostsecondary teachersEducation administratorsTeachers and instructors(specialized areas)Musicians, singers, andrelated workersClergyManagers (specializedareas)Secretaries andadministrative assistantsFirst-line supervisors ofretail sales workersAll othersThis degreeTop 10 CareersTop 10 degrees hired
Jobs that choose art and music education majors
What careers hire art and music education majors as one of their top 10?

What jobs are especially seeking you out? The previous section let you explore the top ten jobs for people who earn bachelor's degrees in this field. Now we turn the tables a bit. What jobs have art and music education as one of the top ten majors they hire? Take this with a grain of salt, though, since some majors have more than 100,000 annual graduates and others have only a few thousand. Maybe employers would hire more of certain low-number majors if they could be found. In the bottom Sankey box, we show you the proportion of art and music education majors that are accounted for by the top 10 jobs -- there are a myriad of other options for most majors.

Musicians, singers, and related workersSecondary school teachersElementary and middle school teachersAll other careersArt and Music EducationAll other degreesCareers where this degree is a top 10 hireDegree
Where can I complete this program?
What schools offer this program?
Graduate program details
Explore art teacher education graduate program details

Many schools provide information to Peterson's about their graduate programs, and Ididio has licensed that data to share with you. The data is reported by program name and subject, and we have worked to match that data with the standard "CIP" titles that are the basis of these program pages. Please be aware that only a subset of all possible graduate programs share the details about financial support and admissions numbers with Peterson's. To see a complete list of schools who have graduated students with this degree, the previous section is much more reliable; however, this is a great place to look for a hint of schools that may offer financial support. You can see more details about each school's graduate programs in the Programs Offered section within that school's Ididio page.

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Program
State
Total applicants
Percentage Admitted
Application Fee
Grad students with aid
Adelphi University
Program in Art Education (Master of Arts)
NY
13
46%
$50
Case Western Reserve University
Program in Art Education (Master of Arts)
OH
2
50%
$50
Delaware State University
Program in Art Education (Master of Arts)
DE
3
100%
$40
Fitchburg State University
Program in Arts Education (Master of Education)
MA
1
100%
$50
George Mason University
Program in Art Education (Master of Arts in Teaching)
VA
7
86%
$75
Georgia State University
Program in Art Education (Master of Arts in Education)
GA
$50
Kean University
Program in Fine Arts Education (Master of Arts)
NJ
8
100%
$75
Kutztown University of Pennsylvania
Program in Art Education (Master of Education)
PA
30
90%
$35
Maryland Institute College of Art
MA Program in Art Education (Master of Arts)
MD
30
50%
$75
10
Maryland Institute College of Art
MAT Program (Master of Arts in Teaching)
MD
65
38%
$75
Marywood University
Program in Art Education (Master of Arts)
PA
$35
Massachusetts College of Art and Design
Program in Art Education (Master of Education, Master of Arts in Teaching)
MA
26
85%
$90
10
Moore College of Art and Design
Program in Art Education (Master of Arts)
PA
Nazareth College
Program in Art Education (Master of Science in Education)
NY
5
80%
New York University
Program in History of Education (Doctor of Philosophy, Master of Arts)
NY
11
55%
$75
New York University
Program in Art Education (Master of Arts)
NY
57
63%
$75
Pratt Institute - Main
Program in Art and Design Education (Master of Science, Master of Arts, Advanced Certificate)
NY
16
88%
$50
Rochester Institute of Technology
MST Program in Visual Arts-All Grades (Master of Science in Teaching)
NY
19
74%
$65
10
Explore similar programs

Art Teacher Education is part of a larger collection of programs: Teacher training by Discipline. Is there a different program that's close to Art Teacher Education that might be a better match for your interests? You can use this table to see a little about the programs that fall under this umbrella. If you click on any of the table headers, that will sort the table by that column, or click on a row and see Ididio's profile for that program.

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Graduates
Award Levels
Less than Bachelor's
Bachelor's
Graduate
Gender
Men
Women
Race/Origin
White
Minority
International
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